Girl who stabbed best friend in back over fear she’d steal boyfriend is spared jail

Eve Hewitson-Cross was only 17 when she was stabbed in the back (Image: SWNS)
A 16-year-old girl stabbed her best friend in the back because she thought she wanted to steal her boyfriend.
Eve Hewitson-Cross, 19, suffered a lung injury and the blade narrowly missed her spine when she was attacked at Levensgarth Park in Fulwood, Preston.
She was only 17 when she was stabbed twice on March 1st last year.
Eve's attacker, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was released this week when the judge sentenced her to a milder sentence due to her age and the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The girl received a two-year rehabilitation order, a ten-year injunction, and will spend three months on a label.
Eve Hewitson-Cross' stab wounds after treatment (Image: SWNS)
Eve dropped out of college and is now suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and panic attacks.
She shared graphic images of her injuries as a warning of knife crime.
Preston Crown Court heard that the attacker, who was 16 at the time, was two days after withdrawing from ketamine and ecstasy.
Joshua Bowker, who is indicting, said she went into the park armed with a large kitchen knife in her waistband, grabbed Eva's head and pushed her to the ground.
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The court heard that she was unhappy with Eva's perceived friendship with the boy.
She grabbed Eve's head as she sat on a wall and listened to headphones and began to beat her.
Eve dropped to her knees and felt beatings on her back before the defendant's friend told her to stop.
She spent three days in the hospital, where medical professionals found that she had suffered two 3 cm and 4 cm wounds.
The scar on Eve Hewitson-Cross' back (Image: SWNS)
Judge Parry said to the teenager: "You heard her describe today how she was soaked with her own blood, especially her panties and pants when the blood ran down her back.
"I saw photos of these two wounds. They are terrible to look at.
However, Eve said she felt that her attacker had received a mild sentence.
She said she was too scared to continue her college course and pursue a career in pharmacy.
Eve also quit her job in the hospital for fear of encountering her attacker again, and is now working night shifts as "there are fewer chances of seeing her".
Eve added, "My mother, father, and sister really fought mentally and emotionally. Mom and Dad had to take a lot of time to support me."
It has asked the authorities to intensify knife crime.
The defendant is also under police surveillance, 25 hours a week, and is required to complete a knife crime program.
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